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India fined for slow over-rate in tri-series match against Sri Lanka

India fined for slow over-rate in tri-series match against Sri Lanka

India suffered a 165-run defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka in the triseries in West Indies © AFP

Kingston: Jul 4, 2013

India‘s stand-in captain Virat Kohli has been fined 20 per cent of his match fees and his team-mates 10 per cent for maintaining a slow over rate in their match against Sri Lanka in the triseries in West Indies.

India were handed an embarrassing 161-run defeat by the Sri Lankans in the match that took place at the Sabina Place on Tuesday.

“In accordance with the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, and in particular the regulations contained therein governing minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount,” the ICC said in a statement.

“As such, Kohli was fined 20 per cent of his match fee while his team mates received 10 per cent fines,” it added.

Jeff Crowe, of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, imposed the fines after Kohli’s side was ruled to be one over short of its target, after time allowances were taken into consideration.

“The offence is contrary to Article 2.5.1 of the Code. The penalty was accepted by India without contest so there was no need for a hearing,” the statement further said.

It was India’s second defeat on the trot, having lost to the hosts West Indies in their series opener at the same venue.

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